Standing on the frozen grass, Mike Wright, left, and Peter Leckie of the Cowichan Pipes & Drums play ‘The Battle’s O’er’ as part of a worldwide remembrance of the end of The Great War in 1918. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

VIDEO: The Battle’s O’er event celebrated in frosty Lake Cowichan early on Nov. 11

Cowichan Lake pipers join worldwide remembrance of the end of the First World War

Peter Leckie and Mick Wright of the Cowichan Pipes & Drums were up before the crack of dawn in Lake Cowichan on Remembrance Day.

They arose early, garbed themselves in full regalia, took their bagpipes and, on the frozen lawn of the Lake Cowichan Branch 210 of the Royal Canadian Legion, they joined pipers from around the world in celebrating the end of the First World War, known as The Great War and The War to End All Wars, by playing ‘The Battle’s O’er’ at 6 a.m.

Yes. It was 6 a.m. And it was freezing. The small group that were there for the event all commented on how terrible it must have been for the soldiers stuck in the waterlogged and then frozen trenches during those grim days between 1914 and 1918.

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